Now that Summer is over I’m starting to wear make-up again. I hate wearing make-up in the summer because it gets uncomfortable with the heat. Specifically this year, unusually hot summer here in England.
Now that the weather is getting colder it’s important to look after
your skin. That means moisturiser. Moisturiser is so important in Autumn and Winter because the colder weather can really dry your skin out. It’s important to use a moisturiser that will give you all day protection; preferably heavy duty, even if your skin is oily. SPF is also a super important step in your skincare routine, all year round. Your skin always needs protection against the sun, SPF prevents sun damage to your skin which can result in nasty illnesses, and also premature ageing. I like to use the Superdrug Vitamin E SPF 15 moisturiser, then I use the Superdrug Vitamin E leave-on-mask. I always moisturise twice. It’s a trick they used to do in the 40’s and 50’s to help keep makeup on, and it’s one of the best tricks I’ve ever tried. My skin feels amazing and moisturised all day. Always apply moisturiser to clean, dry skin; I use Witch Hazel on a cotton pad to cleanse my skin.
I have really been loving the new Revolution Conceal and
Define foundation. It’s my go-to at the minute, it probably will be all Winter. The foundation comes in twenty-four shades, a pretty good range for the debut shade range. I use the lightest shade F0.5. It is a pale shade with pink undertones, it’s so perfect. The formula is lightweight, you can barely feel anything on your face. It’s a full coverage foundation but is also buildable if you want a bit more coverage. It claims to have a ‘demi-matte’ finish, and I believe this to be true. It is matte but also gives a soft sheen on the higher points of your face. I have combination skin, but recently my skin has been more on the dry side so I definitely think a double layer of moisturiser really helps. It probably is best suited to people who have oily skin more but using an oil based primer or moisturisers will definitely increase the longevity and quality of the foundation. It comes with a doe-foot applicator, which I know some people don’t like. I personally don’t mind it because it’ll only be used on my face. If you don’t like it, you can always put some on the back of your hand then apply. I prefer using my sponge to blend rather than a brush, but I think that is just personal preference. I use a small amount of the Revolution Pro Pressed Finishing Powder around my nose and on my chin – where I get the oiliest throughout the day. I find that I don’t need concealer with it so I just leave it as it is.
To contour, I use the Revolution Ultra Sculpt and Contour palette
in Fair C01. The tri palette contains a contour shade, blush and highlight. It’s a pale shade I use very lightly on my cheeks, forehead and jawline. It adds a slight shadow which doesn’t look cakey. I really recommend it if you’re as pale as a ghost, like me. Also from this palette, I use the blush shade lightly on the apples of my cheeks, then brushed back along my cheekbones. I also place the product slightly below the apples of my cheeks to give my skin a natural flushed look; placed along my forehead, chin and nose too. I put blush everywhere, it’s my favourite part of my makeup. I sweep the highlighter from this palette along my cheekbones, cupids bow, browbone and nose too.
For my eyes, I use the same contour palette I used for my face.
I lightly run the contour shade through the crease of my lid and under my eye on my lash-line, then I blend that out with a fluffy blending brush. On my lid, I use the blush then blend out and into the contour shade with the same blending brush. Most of the time I just leave it like that, but now and then I’ll use the highlighter shade just on top of the blush shade on my lid; if I’m feeling fancy. I use the Barry M ‘Lash Vegas 2’ mascara on my lashes. It makes my lashes look longer and defines them. It is quite a wet formula though, so I recommend letting it dry a little on the wand before you apply it to your lashes. For brows, I use the GOSH Brow Sculpting Fibre Gel in the shade, Nutmeg. I don’t really tend to fill in my brows because they’re pretty thick, but the gel just neatens them up and gives them some colour.
I add a lot of lip balm and most of the time that is all I’ll do.
If I want to do something different I add the Barry M Satin Lip Paint in the shade ‘Truffle Shuffle’ 168. This lipstick is a wonderful nude shade. It’s not a matte shade which I really like, I think I’m over the matte lip look. It stays on for hours, but I apply lip balm quite often so I tend to reapply it a few times during the day. If you wanted to make it matte then all you have to do is apply some translucent face powder on top of the lipstick.
I love this natural looking, light makeup look. It takes roughly five minutes to apply so it’s perfect if you’re in a rush. This routine is also great for a day-night transformation; you can add a bold eye or lip to turn it into a going-out look.
To remove my makeup at the end of the day I use the Superdrug Restoring Skin Oil. This product is basically exactly the same as Bio-Oil but a fraction of the price. I actually prefer it. It doesn’t clog pores or cause pimples and acne. My makeup just dissolves off. You don’t need to use much either so it lasts ages. Not only does it remove your makeup quickly and easily, but it also has so many benefits to your skin. It hydrates and prevents ageing, evens out your skin tone. It’s perfect for all over body use too, I really recommend it for everyone. After using an oil cleanser, I use Witch Hazel to remove any makeup I missed with the oil. I think it’s important to double cleanse, just to make sure you get rid of all of the products on your skin to prevent impurities. I then do another double layer of moisturiser, this time I only use the Superdrug Vitamin E leave-on-mask.
All of the products I’ve mentioned are amazing and I really encourage you to check them out. If you try or already use any of them then let me know what you think! I’d like to know other peoples opinions on them.
Thank you for reading!